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From Big Sur's killer cliff-clinging eateries to Salinas' unparalleled produce, this blog aims to sniff out all things Monterey County can stomach, via picture and prose, curiosity and appetite, hand and mouth.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We Heart Garlic

This weekend's L.A. Times Travel page says there's more to Gilroy than garlic.

Not that writer Scott Martelle doesn't first acknowledge the upcoming wonder that is the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

"The big attraction, of course, is the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival," it reads, "now in its fourth decade and expected to draw about 100,000 people to this small farm community during the July 23-25 weekend. It's the ultimate in do-gooder events, with thousands of local volunteers working to raise more than $500,000, half to be distributed to 150 local agencies."

But the punchline of the piece is this: "Yet there's more to Gilroy than the annual garlic throw-down. Gilroy could do a better job trumpeting its history and its agriculture, but it's a nice spot for a weekend getaway, or as part of a trip through a largely hidden pocket of old California with more than a dozen nearby Santa Clara wineries separated from Watsonville and Monterey Bay by a beautiful 45-minute drive through the Santa Cruz Mountains' Hecker Pass."

True dat. Read the piece here.